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The Jets at the deadline

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Free Press hockey writer Ed Tait looks at the status of the players on the Jets' current roster and whether they may be on the move or staying put.

THE POTENTIAL TARGETS

Players most-likely to be on the move if the Jets deal:

-- RON HAINSEY, D (age: 32)

The best parts of his game are all about his experience and hockey intelligence. Nothing flashy, little offensive punch but he's averaging over 23 minutes of ice time per game.

Cap hit/status: $4.5 million/unrestricted free agent this summer.

-- NIK ANTROPOV, C/RW (age: 33)

Another whipping boy from last season who has been decent in 2013. He is what he is: A versatile vet who is adept in front of the net, especially on the power-play, and can be effective when engaged.

Cap hit/status: $4,062,500/UFA.

-- KYLE WELLWOOD, C/W (age: 29)

His numbers are down significantly. Last year his hockey IQ often over-shadowed his lack of speed; too often earlier this year it has been the opposite.

Cap hit/status: $1.6 million/UFA.

-- ALEX BURMISTROV, C/W (age: 21)

Spent some time in Claude Noel's Chateau Bow-Wow and still occasionally continues to flash too much 'cute' in his game. The Jets may fear dealing him and seeing the former first-rounder blossom elsewhere, but may also be tempted if the phone rings.

Cap hit/status: $1.5 million (two-way, entry-level conract)/Restricted free agent.

-- ANTTI MIETTINEN, RW (age: 32)

He's a reliable veteran who could be a role player for a team seeking depth.

Cap hit/status: $1,351,293/UFA

-- PAUL POSTMA, D (age: 24)

There was some chatter early this winter about him being shopped and he does have some offensive skills.

Cap hit/status: $550,000/RFA.

THE UNTOUCHABLES

Not changing hockey addresses any time soon:

-- ONDREJ PAVELEC, G (Age: 25)

Can dominate games. With more consistency, could move into the NHL's elite goaltender category.

Cap hit/status: $3.9 million/first of a five-year deal signed last summer.

-- ANDREW LADD, LW (age: 27)

Has given this franchise absolutely everything, from the leadership that comes from wearing the 'C' to a boost in his offensive numbers.

Cap hit/status: $4.4 million/in the second of a five-year deal that takes him through the 2015-16 season.

-- BLAKE WHEELER, RW (age: 26)

Tied for the team-lead in goals and there's a sense he can still get considerably better.

Cap hit/status: $2.55 million/RFA

-- ZACH BOGOSIAN, D (age: 22)

He likes it here and he is about to become a star. This has long-term deal written all over it.

Cap hit/status: $2.5 million/RFA

-- EVANDER KANE, LW (age: 21)

He can be streaky, but when he's on he can light up the scoresheet. A skilled and physical forward.

Cap hit/status: $5.25 million/first of his new six-year contract.

-- TOBIAS ENSTROM, D (age: 28)

Was leading NHL D-men when he was injured and has been a huge boost since his return.

Cap hit/status: $3.75 million/signed extension last summer that, beginning next season, will be a cap hit of $5.575 million through 2017-18.

SOCKS WOULD HAVE TO BE BLOWN OFF

Most likely staying, but...:

-- DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN, D (age: 28)

Teams may be calling about his availability, but he's a physical force and a difference maker and that's tough to replace.

Cap hit/status: $5.2 million/four years remaining.

-- BRYAN LITTLE, C (age: 25)

The debate is whether his numbers -- five goals, 16 assists -- make him a No. 1 centre. But he works well with Ladd and Wheeler, has the best plus/minus on the team, is a solid faceoff man, an effective penalty killer and versatile enough to play wing.

Cap hit/status: $2,383,333/RFA.

-- MARK STUART, D (Age: 28)

Is his skill set replaceable? Certainly. But there's a leadership/grit component that is immeasurable.

Cap hit/status: $1.7 million/two years remaining.

SOFT MARKET/TOUGH TO MOVE

Players who are injured, have cumbersome contracts or likely won't draw much interest in the trade market:

-- OLLI JOKINEN, C (Age: 34)

Surely the Jets expected more than six goals, 10 points and a team-worst plus/minus rating.

Cap hit/status: $4.5 million/first of two-year deal signed last summer.

-- CHRIS THORBURN, RW (age: 29)

He's a battler and popular in the room. But if Anthony Peluso hadn't busted his hand, would he have found his way back into the lineup?

Cap hit/status: $866,667/two years remaining.

-- GRANT CLITSOME, D (age: 27)

Playing more minutes that he's likely used to because of injuries, but for all the cursing about his turnovers his numbers aren't awful: two goals, eight assists and an even plus/minus.

Cap hit/status: $1.25 million/UFA.

-- Eric Tangradi, RW (age: 24)

Hasn't really shown much yet since his arrival, other than a clearer understanding of why the Penguins moved him for just a seventh-round pick.

Cap hit/status: $726,000 (two-way contract)/RFA.

-- AL MONTOYA, G (age: 28)

Twice injured, but has been decent when playing with a 3-1 record, 2.91 GAA and .899 save percentage. Have the Jets seen enough to keep him as their No. 2?

Cap hit/status: $601,000/UFA.

-- DEREK MEECH, D (age: 28)

Injuries are a concern, but his versatility and poise are not.

Cap hit/status: $700,000/UFA

-- JIM SLATER, C (age: 30)

Never going to wow anybody, but the Jets do miss his work in the face-off circle now that he is out with a busted hand.

Cap hit/status: $1.6 million/first of three-year deal.

-- ZACH REDMOND, D (age: 24)

Horrible injury in February brought to a screeching halt what had been a promising rookie season. With a full recovery, he could return to be one of the Jets' top six 'D.'

Cap hit/status: $875,000/final year of entry-level contract; RFA.

-- JAMES WRIGHT, LW (age: 23)

He might not have much finish, but he's given the Jets valuable and intelligent play.

Cap hit/status: $650,000 (two-way contract)/same next season, but as a one-way deal.

-- ANTHONY PELUSO, RW (age: 23)

Came to the Jets with a reputation as a heavyweight, but flashed some hockey skill, too, before breaking his hand.

Cap hit/status: $605,000 (two-way contract)/RFA.

-- PATRICE CORMIER, C/W (age: 22)

Hasn't had the minutes since his recall to make a proper evaluation.

Cap hit/status: $854,166/final year of his two-year entry-level contract; RFA.

-- ARTURS KULDA, D (age: 24)

Hasn't suited up yet since his return from the KHL. Depth guy.

Cap hit/status: $550,000/RFA.

-- Ed Tait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 30, 2013 C5

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